There are so many different titles for virtually the same offense. Different states call it something different, but it’s all pretty much the same offense. Drinking and driving, drunk driving, driving drunk, driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs (DUI), driving under intense influence (DUII), driving while intoxicated (DWI), “operating under the influence” (OUI), operating while intoxicated (OWI), operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (OMVI), or whatever it’s called, it means one thing: you were driving drunk – with an illegal amount of alcohol in your blood. In some states, they don’t have to prove that you were physically driving; they only have to show intent to drive or that you were driving.
AM I GUILTY OF DRIVING DRUNK EVEN THOUGH I DON’T FEEL DRUNK?
Drunk driving or driving drunk is often used slang term for the criminal charge of driving under the influence (DUI). Often, a person who was arrested for driving drunk protests: “But I wasn’t drunk!” The fact is that it doesn’t matter if you were drunk or not, it matters if you had consumed enough alcohol to impair your driving. If a person is drunk, people often associate that with someone who is stumbling while walking, can barely put a coherent sentence together, and has that glassy glazed look about them – the drunken stupor if you will. People that are drunk like that definitely cannot drive a vehicle, but often a person who you wouldn’t describe as “drunk” is still too impaired to drive because they are “under the influence” of alcohol.
“BUZZED DRIVING” IS DRIVING DRUNK
It doesn’t matter how you define it, or what you think your safe limit is – driving a vehicle with any alcohol or drugs in your system is dangerous to you and those around you. Studies done by MADD, NHTSA, and various law enforcement agencies show that drunk driving poses a serious risk of accident or death. You’ve probably heard it before on TV or seen signs while waiting at DMV; BUZZED DRIVING IS DRUNK DRIVING. This is a great concept to keep in mind when you head out for drinks with friends. Don’t put yourself in the dangerous and completely avoidable situation of being arrested for driving drunk, or worse, causing an accident. Have a plan before drinking! Whether you have a designated driver, have to call a cab, call a friend, these options are much easier (and cheaper) than your alternatives.